Captain's Log
17 July 2009

Another Amazing Day in the Whitsundays

Hi Everyone, This morning was warm and clear so we commenced the day at 0630 with an early morning wakeup swim. On exiting the water the Chef and his band of helpers had prepared an alfresco BBQ breakfast served on deck with the scenic peaks of Luncheon Bay as our backdrop. Following the normal routine of morning brief and cleaning stations the Youth Crew were ferried ashore with packed lunches so that they could enjoy the next 4 hours with their feet on ���terra firma’. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Whitsunday Islands, Luncheon Bay is located within the Hook Island Marine Park and provides some of the best snorkelling in the Whitsunday’s. All of the Youth Crew took full advantage of the perfect conditions and spent most of their time ashore in the water snorkelling with a vast array of marine life and viewing the spectacular coral formations. By 1600 everyone was back onboard and following a short brief on how to sail from anchor we put this theory into practise and completed a well executed departure from Luncheon Bay utilising only sail and teamwork. Once in open water the ship was brought under a full press of sail and a new course shaped for the outer reef. Overnight the Youth Crew will complete the ���Apples and Onions’ exercise (communication exercise) and continue to consolidate their new mariner skills. While this is occurring, the ship will continue to make ground to Wallaby Reef, which we have planned to be our next anchorage. Until tomorrow, take careYours AyeCaptain Gav


19° 48' South / 148° 52' East


Currently located 16nm to the NW of Hook Is and experiencing moderate 10-15kt SE winds with a 1m swell.